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IELTS Writing Module: Difference Between Formal and Informal Writing

We have received a lot of queries asking us to explain the real difference between the Formal and Informal Writing in IELTS. After reading the emails and comments on our blogs, we have decided to publish a post on this issue creating problem for IELTS candidates. In this post we are elaborating this issue in detail for your better IELTS Test Preparation

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Attention for Academic IELTS Candidates: 

If you have enrolled yourself for the Academic IELTS Module, then you should keep in mind that in your Writing Tasks both Task 1 and Task 2, you must use the Formal Language, because in both tasks you need to use the formal words that are mostly used in academic career or in a business language.  

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Attention for GT (General Training) Candidates: 

If you have enrolled yourself in General Training Module of IELTS, then you must keep in mind that the Task 1 of the Writing Module will be a Letter, and if the topic is the about someone you know, that is an informal letter – as opposed to writing to someone you don’t know, which needs to be a formal one.  

Difference Between Formal & Informal Style: 

The main difference between the Formal and Informal writing styles are pretty simple to understand as it is directly relates to the use of vocabulary. Informal words are the ones that we use in our daily conversation and formal words are those that are confined to contracts, business letters, books and essays. Therefore, if the writing requires formal writing – avoid using the informal vocabulary. Similarly, if the writing task requires you to use Informal Writing, for instance “Letter to a friend”, avoid using formal “Heavy’ or “Fancy” words. 

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Informal and Formal Vocabulary Example: 

It is also important to understand that in Formal Writing you should avoid words like “I”, “You” and “We”, unless you are about to give an opinion. For Instance, in an essay you should avoid writing “You would find it difficult to get the job without having proper experience”, but you should write it like “One would find it difficult to get the job without having proper experience” or you can also write “Finding a job without having proper experience would be rather difficult”.

Recommendations for IELTS Candidates:  

Those who are not native, for them it would be difficult to explain the core concept of Formal and Informal vocabulary. Keeping this thing in view, we have presented a list of words that will help you to understand the core concept of Formal and Informal Writing Style. It is extremely important that you must memorize all these words for your IELTS Test Preparation. Moreover, you must also use these words in your writing through practicing them – this way you will be able to use the right word at right place in your final IELTS Writing Exam


Formal
Informal
Inform me
Let me know
Cancel
Drop
Contact
Get in touch
Obtain
Get
Apologise
Say sorry
Postpone
Delay
Request
Ask for
Compensate
Make up
Establish
Set up
Discover
Find out
Handle
Deal with
Investigate
Check up on
Tolerate
Put up
Increase
Go up
Children
Kids
Many / Much
A lot of
Many / Much
Heaps of

It is very important that all IELTS Candidates must follow the above mentioned guidelines for better band score in their IELTS Writing Task. However, you should practice, practice and practice in a right direction is the key. Best of Luck..........

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